Lammas Day

   The old name given to the first day of August because on that day in Anglo-Saxon times it was the custom to bring into the Church offerings in kind, loaves, representing the first-fruits, of the harvest. The word "Lammas" is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word hlafmaesse, hlaf meaning a loaf, and maesse meaning "mass." As the first of August in old Calendars was the Feast of St. Peter-in-chains, it is also supposed that Lammas is an abbreviation of Vincula Mass, or the Feast of St. Peter ad vincula in commemoration of his deliverance from chains.

American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. . 1901.

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  • Lammas day — Lammas Lam mas, n. [AS. hl[=a]mmesse, hl[=a]fm[ae]sse, loaf mass, bread feast, or feast of first fruits; hl[=a]f loaf + m[ae]sse mass. See {Loaf}, and {Mass} religious service.] The first day of August; called also {Lammas day}, and {Lammastide} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lammas Day — noun commemorates Saint Peter s miraculous deliverance from prison; a quarter day in Scotland; a harvest festival in England • Syn: ↑Lammas, ↑August 1 • Hypernyms: ↑quarter day * * * noun see lammas I, 1 * * * Lam|mas «LAM uhs» …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lammas Day — noun see Lammas …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • LAMMAS DAY —    the first of August, literally the loaf mass day or festival day at the beginning of harvest, one of the cross quarter days, Whitsuntide, Martinmas, and Candlemas being the other three …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Lammas Day — ➡ quarter days * * * …   Universalium

  • Lammas — Lam mas, n. [AS. hl[=a]mmesse, hl[=a]fm[ae]sse, loaf mass, bread feast, or feast of first fruits; hl[=a]f loaf + m[ae]sse mass. See {Loaf}, and {Mass} religious service.] The first day of August; called also {Lammas day}, and {Lammastide}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lammas — (also Lammas Day) ► NOUN ▪ the first day of August, formerly observed as harvest festival. ORIGIN Old English, loaf mass …   English terms dictionary

  • Lammas — [lam′əs] n. [ME lammasse < OE hlammæsse, for hlafmæsse, lit., loaf mass, bread feast: see LOAF1 & MASS1] 1. a harvest festival formerly held in England on Aug. 1, when bread baked from the first crop of wheat was consecrated at Mass 2. this… …   English World dictionary

  • Lammas — Infobox Holiday holiday name = Lammas also known as Lambess type = Historical longtype = Cultural caption = observedby = England Scotland date = 1 August celebrations = Handfasting Funeral Games observances = Loaves made from the grain collected… …   Wikipedia

  • Lammas — noun Etymology: Middle English Lammasse, from Old English hlāfmæsse, from hlāf loaf, bread + mæsse mass; from the fact that formerly loaves from the first ripe grain were consecrated on this day Date: before 12th century 1. August 1 originally… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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